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Interview with Bob Crimi: Introduction

Some time ago, I was leafing through Nature (a scientific journal) and noticed a small but striking illustration. I was drawn to the colors, and received a basic understanding of a complex concept.

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To say the least, I was impressed. The illustrators name was listed, and I immediately looked for his contact information. Well, for some reason, the publisher "didn't have his contact information". So, I started a google search. There was a painter with the same name, but his website didn't mention science illustrations (at the time).

At the same time, I was frustrated with spammers trying to take advantage of my site's google rank. Then it occurred to me...what if I use my own google rank, and for good instead of evil ;-)

I posted about my search for Bob Crimi, and sure enough I heard from him. We've since spoken on the phone and exchanged many emails. He has an approach to science illustration and visualization that I share. Basically, what it boils down to is make the viewer comfortable, and they will stay long enough to learn something. We also agree that science visualization can be beautiful, and that aesthetics is important to visual communication.

We're both very busy, but we hope that this is an introduction to a long series of interview questions.